Anthony Tan's Velo Files



Velo Files: The Mentalists

24 July 2014 | 16:00 - By Anthony Tan

The Tour de France can seem such an overwhelmingly physical endeavour, and it is, but that's not to say the mind is bereft in a race like this. More often that not, in fact, it's the very thing that separates winning from losing, writes Anthony Tan.

Not the Shark, but the Mentalist: Vincenzo Nibali. (Getty)

Not the Shark, but the Mentalist: Vincenzo Nibali. (Getty)

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Velo Files: One Bad Day

22 July 2014 | 21:00 - By Anthony Tan

One bad day. All Grand Tour riders have them. But it's how you ride on those bad days that determine how you fare across three weeks, more so than your good days, that define you, writes Anthony Tan.

One bad day... Richie Porte is comforted by team-mate Mikel Nieve after dropping out of contention on Stage 10. (Getty)

One bad day... Richie Porte is comforted by team-mate Mikel Nieve after dropping out of contention on Stage 10. (Getty)

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Velo Files: Calling Valverde Out

20 July 2014 | 23:00 - By Anthony Tan

Sometimes, you have to be man enough to admit the better man won, rather than find excuses that do nothing but highlight your own failings, writes Anthony Tan.

Thumbs down for you... Anthony Tan feels Movistar leader Alejandro Valverde was being disingenuous about the reasons behind his performance Saturday, on Stage 14 of the Tour de France. (Getty)

Thumbs down for you... Anthony Tan feels Movistar leader Alejandro Valverde was being disingenuous about the reasons behind his performance Saturday, on Stage 14 of the Tour de France. (Getty)

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Velo Files: Doing A MacGyver

18 July 2014 | 14:00 - By Anthony Tan

After their phenomenal performance of yesteryear, the clock is ticking for Orica-GreenEDGE to repeat the feat at the 2014 Tour de France, or at least do something similar. They need not look far for a solution, writes Anthony Tan.

Outside the square... Tony Martin leads team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski on Stage 10 to La Planche des Belles Filles. (Getty)

Outside the square... Tony Martin leads team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski on Stage 10 to La Planche des Belles Filles. (Getty)

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Velo Files: Will Richie Win?

16 July 2014 | 16:30 - By Anthony Tan

The Tour is not over. Vincenzo Nibali has not yet won. Because so long as there's fight left in Richie Porte, there's still a contest, writes Anthony Tan.

Eye on the prize... Richie Porte. (AAP)

Eye on the prize... Richie Porte. (AAP)

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Velo Files: Be Afraid, Vincenzo...

14 July 2014 | 16:00 - By Anthony Tan

Contrary to popular opinion, Alberto Contador and his Tinkoff-Saxo team are so far riding the perfect Tour de France, believes Anthony Tan. And, he writes, it's only a matter of time before 'El Pistolero' starts shooting.

Relinquishing the maillot jaune, the spotlight is off Vincenzo Nibali, but not for much longer... (Getty)

Relinquishing the maillot jaune, the spotlight is off Vincenzo Nibali, but not for much longer... (Getty)

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Velo Files: No Apology Needed

12 July 2014 | 15:30 - By Anthony Tan

He should be sorry that Andrew Talansky crashed, but not be sorry for the crash. As far as Anthony Tan is concerned, an apology isn't required.

Gerrans:

Gerrans: "From what I saw, he looked over his right shoulder as I was coming from the left..." (Getty)

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Velo Files: Richie Is Ready

10 July 2014 | 22:15 - By Anthony Tan

He has the experience. He has the skills. He has the talent. He has the balls. He has the team. Richie Porte just needs a little luck, and he can go a long, long way, writes Anthony Tan.

Plan (R)itchie... Team Sky has no other choice but to go with Porte as leader at the Tour. (AAP)

Plan (R)itchie... Team Sky has no other choice but to go with Porte as leader at the Tour. (AAP)

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